PALMDALE – In recent weeks, Palmdale traffic deputies have been increasing their patrols around many of the schools in the City of Palmdale. The start and ending times around the schools are known for traffic issues, with many of the issues stemming from too many cars in one place at the same time.
Many problems around school areas are caused by drivers who:
- Park illegally in red zones.
- Stop in traffic lanes and impede traffic.
- Turn where turns are prohibited.
- Speed in the school zones.
- Fail to stop at the direction of a crossing guard.
- Drop children off in the middle of the street.
Additional problems exist when students run through traffic, crossing from one side of the street to the other, without using crosswalks at the traffic controlled signals or utilizing the safety of the crossing guards.
Another problem lies away from the schools but is school related. Throughout the City, school busses stop along roadways to pick up students. All of the busses are equipped with red flashing lights in the front and back. Many also have a stop sign that swings out from the left side of the bus with a flashing red light. The back of the bus is also signed with “STOP WHEN RED LIGHTS FLASH”.
Still, it is not unusual to see many drivers disregard all of those warnings and drive past the loading bus. This is not only illegal, but a serious safety issue for the students, as well. Many of these students are headed to elementary schools and do not have the knowledge to keep themselves safe. It is up to the parents and adults to ensure these young children arrive at school safely.
The Palmdale Sheriff Station will be using its motorcycle deputies as well as those deputies assigned to cars to increase awareness of safe driving around the schools. Most often, the problem comes from the parents thinking more about convenience than the importance of safety, either for themselves or their children. Surprisingly, around the high schools, it is the parents violating most of the laws and not the younger teen drivers.
If you are driving in a school zone and violate the laws, don’t be surprised to see a deputy behind you stopping you for a violation. The stops are made with the intention of altering the driving practices of the individual. It is not just about a ticket.
Please drive safe around the schools and be patient. With the help of the parents, students, school staff and Palmdale Sheriff’s Station deputies, we can increase the safety for all children at the schools in the City of Palmdale.
(Information via press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.)